Lakewood beats Berne Union in 34-26 thriller

Lakewood beats Berne Union in 34-26 thriller

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Lakewood beats Berne Union in 34-26 thriller

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SUGAR GROVE — A first half snoozer turned into a thrilling Lakewood nonleague win as the Lancers scored 34 second-half points to beat Berne Union, 34-26.

The Rockets led 13-0 at halftime before the Lancer offensive explosion.

“That was one heck of a high school football game,” Rocket coach Steve Daulton said. “Lot of big plays back and forth and two teams really fighting to try and win and have some success. Hats off to them. They didn’t fold and they came out and kept playing. I bet to be just a general fan of football, that would have been a fun game to watch.”

Lakewood coach Craig Conley said he just told his team to have fun at halftime, which he said led to the scoring output.

“Just get back to the fundamentals and basics,” he said. “What you’ve been doing since the age of 5, 6 and 7 seven in the backyard. I told the guys, bottom line, you’ve been playing football for a long time. Do what you do on a Sunday afternoon as kid, Saturday afternoon when you were a kid. Get back to just playing the game the way you love to play the game.”

There was nothing fun for the Lancers (1-2) in the first half, as the Rockets (1-2) scored twice in the first quarter on quarterback Hanson Holter’s 30-yard run and his 47-yard scoring pass to Nathan Romine.

The Lancers had 11 penalties in the first half. They got their first score with 8:07 left in the third quarter when Cole Glaub found Jacob Graves for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Berne Union stretched its lead to 20-6 when Jacob Ricker returned a punt 87 yards for the score to make it 20-6 with 7:47 left in the game.

But Glaub threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Austin Myers and ran one in from 35 yards to tie the game at 20-20 with 5 minutes left in the game. But those 5 minutes were thrilling, as the Rocket took a 26-20 lead on Jeremiah Wolfenbarger’s 92-yard kickoff return with 4:46 left.

The lead didn’t last long, as the Lancers scored on Glaub’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Branson Hinkle to take a 27-26 lead. Glaub scored the final points of the night on an 8-yard run with 1:38 left in the game.

Glaub threw for 157 yards on 11 of 20 passing with one interception.

Holter was 8 of 20 with an interception for 78 yards. He also ran for 132 yards.

Conley said he had never seen a 34-point explosion before.

“And I don’t want to see a lot of them,” he said. “If you’re banking on that, it’s not going to be good.”

Daulton said he has a young team that is still learning.

“We talked about it before the game, not still making some of those silly mistakes and some of those silly penalties,” he said. “We kind of put ourselves in bad spots sometimes. If we’re continuing to make the same mistakes, then I’ve got to take that responsibility and get it fixed.”

As for the point explosion, Daulton said players may have tried to do other players’ jobs, which is something he said they did not do in the first half. He also said because of the where the team has been in recent years, no one will roll over for the Rockets. They were 2-18 the last two years coming into this season.

“We have to wait until the game is over to celebrate,” Daulton said. “I don’t think we got over confident, but I don’t think we still had as much focus in the second half as maybe we did in the first.”

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